Philip Martin

Philip Martin, director of Great Lakes Literary, is experienced in all aspects of editing and publishing for small companies or individuals.

As director of Great Lakes Lit, he also manages two indie-press publishing efforts: Crickhollow Books (, publishing diverse fiction and nonfiction, and Crispin Books (, an affliated imprint for genre fiction, professional handbooks, memoirs, and eBook editions.

A past acquisitions editor for The Writer Books (affiliated with The Writer magazine), where he worked with many prominent authors, agents, and editors, he is also the author himself of several books for writers, including How To Write Your Best Story and A Guide to Fantasy Literature. Books he has published over several decades in the trade have won many national indie-press awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and Foreword Book of the Year recognition. The titles he has managed range from picture books to fiction and nonfiction for adults, in hardcover, softcover, and eBook formats.

He is the series editor of The New Writer’s Handbook, two volumes of short articles of advice from successful writers to help emerging writers improve their skills and advance their careers. Library Journal (in a Starred Review) praised the 2007 volume, saying, “It surprises and satisfies.” The New Writer’s Handbook 2007 won Gold in that year’s Book of the Year Awards competition (Careers category), a national indie-press book contest sponsored by ForeWord Magazine.

He also runs a blog of advice for writers, Blue Zoo Writers (, and a new site launched this spring, Midwest Books and Authors (, with profiles and reviews of recommended regional titles. His goal is to help emerging writers as they learn to write their best, build a professional presence, get published, and get their literary works noticed in this busy world.

Martin is also author of a several books on cultural and literary heritage, including Farmhouse Fiddlers and Rosemaling in the Upper Midwest.

He also writes a blog titled Creeping Past Dragons that expands on his book A Guide to Fantasy Literature.

He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he gardens (when it’s not cross-country skiing weather), plays soccer, and helps good writers create great books.